Adriane Lentz-Smith is an accomplished author and associate professor of history at Duke University. She earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2005. As an author, her interests lie in African American history, twentieth-century United States History, and world history. Her 2009 book, Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I, looks at the black freedom struggle in the World War I years, focusing on manhood, citizenship, and global encounters. Lentz-Smith’s work has been featured in many academic journals, including in American Quarterly and Oregon Historical Quarterly.
Throughout her career, Lentz-Smith has spoken at various conferences and has appeared on C-Span as an expert on WWI and African-American history. She recently collaborated on two studies entitled Voting Rights in the United States and Challenging the Master Narrative of the Civil Rights Movement. In 2005, Lentz-Smith earned a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of North Carolina. In 2010, she was awarded the Honor Book Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.